How to Sign Up for an Account on Craigslist

Although you can post an ad on Craigslist without an account -- except in a few categories -- opening an account gives you access to specific benefits, such as managing all your posts from one central location. You need only a Web browser and an email address to sign up for a free Craigslist account.

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You need to verify your email address to sign up for a Craigslist account.
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Browse to the Craigslist home page and then click the My Account text link under the website's logo to open the Account Log In page.

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Click My Account.
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Click Sign Up for an Account.
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Click the Sign Up for an Account text link to open the Craigslist Account Signup page.

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Click Create Account.
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Enter your email address in the Email Address field and click the Create Account button. Craigslist sends a verification email to your email address.

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Click the verification link.
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Log in to your email account and open the verification email from Craigslist. The email's subject line has the words "New Craigslist Account." Click the verification link in the message to open the Craigslist Account Signup page to enter a password for your account.

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Click Submit Password and Log In.
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Enter your new password in each Password field. Create a strong password that has a minimum of eight alphanumeric characters to help secure your account. For example, create a password that has nine characters with a combination of numbers and lower and upper case letters. Click Submit Password and Log In to save the new password for your account.

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Click Return to Your Account.
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Click Return to Your Account to open the Craigslist Terms of Use page.

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Click I Accept.
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Click the I Accept button to accept the website's terms of use and open your Craigslist account dashboard. After you create your new Craigslist account, you can sign in to your Craigslist dashboard from the Account Log In page.